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The Theory of Everything (2014)

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A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Stephen Hawking
... Jane Hawking
... Robert Hawking - Age 17
Sophie Perry ... Lucy Hawking - Age 14
Finlay Wright-Stephens ... Timothy Hawking - Age 8
... Brian
... Diana King
... Dennis Sciama
Thomas Morrison ... Carter
Michael Marcus ... Ellis
Gruffudd Glyn ... Rees
Paul Longley ... Barman - Rowing Club
... Beryl Wilde
Guy Oliver-Watts ... George Wilde
... Frank Hawking
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The Theory of Everything is the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. Little was expected from Stephen Hawking, a bright but shiftless student of cosmology, given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age. He became galvanized, however, by the love of fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde, and he went on to be called the successor to Einstein, as well as a husband and father to their three children. Over the course of their marriage as Stephen's body collapsed and his academic renown soared, fault lines were exposed that tested the lineaments of their relationship and dramatically altered the course of both of their lives. Written by Spencer Higham

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The incredible story of Jane and Stephen Hawking See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive material | See all certifications »

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26 November 2014 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$208,763, 7 November 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$35,893,537

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,726,688
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Felicity Jones's Best Actress Oscar-nominated performance was the only one in the category in a Best Picture nominee that year. See more »

Goofs

When Jane visits Stephen in the care home the residents are watching an episode of Countdown clearly showing Carol Vorderman in the '80s or early-'90s. The clock on the wall shows 3:10 however in those days Countdown was only aired after 4pm. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Hellyer Jones: Stephen, Jane was telling me that you have a beautiful, theorem. That proves that the universe, had a beginning. Is that it?
Stephen Hawking: That was my PhD thesis. My new project disproves it.
Jonathan Hellyer Jones: Disproves it?
Stephen Hawking: Yes.
Jonathan Hellyer Jones: So then you no longer believe in the creation?
Stephen Hawking: What one believes is irrelevant in physics."
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References Natural World (1983) See more »

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(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave
Written by Lamont Dozier (as Dozier), Brian Holland (as Holland), Eddie Holland (as Holland Jr.)
Performed by Martha & The Vandellas (as Martha Reeves & The Vandellas)
Courtesy of The Motown Record Company LP
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Redmayne and Jones are excellent in this heartbreaking love story.
11 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

The Theory of Everything tells the uphill struggle that world renowned genius Stephen Hawking went through when dealing with his, now, infamous disease and trying to maintain his relationship with his loving wife, Jane. The strengths of this film rely solely on Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. These two actors are absolutely, one hundred percent, PHENOMENAL in these two roles. Stephen Hawking is the role that Redmayne was born to play. Hawking is portrayed as a charming and intellectually superior individual that behaves just like any one else. After a bit, we start to wonder what was every so amazing about him...then the heartbreak starts. Jane Hawking is a sweet, loving and determined person that will go to the lengths of the universe to make sure her husband, Stephen can survive. I get chills just thinking about certain scenes, some of which will most definitely be requiring a large box of Kleenex. The truth is, anything that I say here about these performances, no matter what it is, is still criminally underselling the sheer brilliance of them. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are simply incredible and I'd be even willing to go to the extreme to say that both actors will not only be nominated, but I'd be surprised if they didn't win the Oscar gold. Now, with that being said, this film's structural issues are severely hampering this film's chances at being a classic. I wasn't completely sold on the structural integrity of the film. It showed enough of the relationship aspect behind Stephen and Jane but it very briefly touched base on Hawking's intellectual discoveries and I thought that if it was a bit more balanced in that respect, it would be a near perfect film. One plot point that I did find utterly enthralling is the idea that Hawking struggles throughout the film to do simple things. These scenes are, by far, the most heart wrenching scenes to watch. James Marsh directs his actors effortlessly and can evoke the type of emotional response out of his audience through them, but when left with telling a story, Marsh falters. Marsh, known for 2012 IRA drama, Shadow Dancer proves that he is an actor's director. He cares about human drama over anything in a tangible sense, which benefits this film greatly but also harms it in the way of progression. Despite these minor infractions, The Theory of Everything is a film that everyone can enjoy and turns into a real audience movie. It is a film that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next, no easy feat for any film, and this one does it effortlessly.


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